Membership is a great way to enjoy everything the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center has to offer!

Members can take advantage of lots of great benefits. Along with FREE admission to the Aquarium for one year, members also receive exclusive invitations to exhibit previews, programs, and members-only events. Check in at any admissions counter, or the Aquarium’s Members’ Service Desk, to enjoy all of the benefits of membership.

Want to join? Here’s how:

IN PERSON:
At any admission desk.
BY PHONE:
(757) 385-FISH (3474)
BY MAIL:
  Download Membership Brochure

General Member Benefits

  • Free admission to the Aquarium for one year
  • Access to the Members’ Service Desk
  • Free subscription to the Virginia Aquarium Quarterly (VAQ) magazine
  • 10% discount at both Aquarium stores, the café, and snack bars
  • Discounts on birthday party bookings, private event rentals, National Geographic 3D Theater movies, Virginia Aquarium boat trips, and The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium tickets
  • Discounts and early registration for summer camps
  • Invitations to member-only events and exhibit previews
  • Discounts on Virginia Aquarium admission tickets and
  • Discounts on Behind-the-Scenes tours including Sea Turtles, Seals, and Above and Beyond

Membership Levels

Individual - $75

Admission for 1 named adult per day, ages 12 and up, plus general member benefits

Individual + 1 - $100

Admission for 1 named adult and 1 guest per day, plus general member benefits.

Family - $150

Admission for up to 2 named adults in the same household and up to 4 children/grandchildren under age 18, plus general member benefits.

Family + 1 $185

Admission for up to 2 named adults in the same household, 1 named adult guest, and up to 4 children/grandchildren under age 18, plus general member benefits.

 

Conservation Society

Conservation Society Memberships support the Virginia Aquarium’s wonderful, mission-based programs. Donations will be recognized in the Virginia Aquarium’s Annual Report. Society members enjoy all general member benefits plus additional opportunities to include a private, annual, after-hours event held at the Aquarium.

Fellow - $250

Enjoy the Individual + 1 benefits, along with 4 single-use Aquarium admission tickets

Guardian - $500

Enjoy the Family + 1 benefits, along with 6 single-use Aquarium admission tickets

Leader - $1,000

Enjoy the Family + 1 benefits, along with 6 single-use Aquarium admission tickets, a private Behind the Scenes tour for up to 4 people, and two tickets to the annual Sensible Seafood Fest

Become a Member: 

IN PERSON:
At any admission desk.
BY PHONE:
(757) 385-FISH (3474)
BY MAIL:
  Download Membership Brochure

Using Aquarium Membership

Membership Visits

Member cards are non-transferable.  Cards cannot be “loaned” to non-designated cardholders for use.  Children and grandchildren must be accompanied by at least one designated cardholder to use membership benefits, including admission.  Designated member cardholders must provide a photo ID, such as a valid driver’s license, at check-in along with his/her membership card.  If an individual cannot provide a valid photo ID, even if he/she presents a membership card, admission is denied.

Members may check in at the Members’ Service Desk, Bay & Ocean Pavilion admission counter, or the Marsh Pavilion admission desk. Members receive a hand stamp rather than admission tickets. Members will receive printed tickets for National Geographic 3D Theater movies, and Virginia Aquarium boat trips.

Changes to Memberships

Changes can be made in person, by phone, or through email from the primary email on file. Named guests can only be changed by one of the account holders. When a change is made, new cards are printed at no charge, and placed at the Members’ Service Desk “will call”.  Reprinted cards are not mailed.

Children

Children two years old and under are free and do not need to be covered by a membership. 

Field Trips and Group Visits

Membership admission privileges may not be used in conjunction with field trips or group visits, due to associated programming costs and other expenses. Field trip and group visit activities and programming are pre-reserved. Individuals not included in paid group reservations risk being excluded from those activities due to space limits.

Photography/Videography

As a visitor, you may be photographed and/or filmed. Such photography/videography may be used for educational, commercial, or promotional purposes. By purchasing a membership, you agree to hold harmless Virginia Aquarium & the City of Virginia Beach from any claim arising out of or pertaining to the use of your image or likeness for the above stated purposes. 

Memberships are non-transferable, and non-refundable. 

Memberships are not available as pro rata payments.

Become a Member: 

IN PERSON:
At any admission desk.
BY PHONE:
(757) 385-FISH (3474)
BY MAIL:
  Download Membership Brochure